Friday, November 13, 2009

Share, Share, Share!

I'll be honest.  Yesterday I did not want to do my training run.  It was cold, wet, and windy.  I really wanted to stay inside where it was warm and dry.  But, the thought of everyone I had told about my goal was enough to get me out the door.

Telling others about your goal is a HUGE factor with successful goal-achievers.  Knowing that someone may ask about your progress can be that push you need on those days you just don't feel like working towards that goal. 

Another thought that helped me get out the door yesterday was those of you who are also currently training for a race at Cascade Half.  I was sure you were getting your runs in, so there really was no excuse for me! 

Besides telling someone about your goal, enlisting others to reach the same or a similar goal can also be a great motivator.  Even if you aren't working towards it together, checking in with each other can be mutually beneficial in your progress.

When I stepped out the door for my run, I'll admit, I still wasn't terribly excited to face the elements.  However, the rain tapered off just minutes into my run and I warmed up in a hurry.  And, you know what?  It was a great run!  So, thanks to all of you who unknowingly motivated me yesterday. 

Not motivated?  Share your goal with someone and ask for their support or share your goal here.  I'd be happy to help.  If you're reading this - you've already helped me! Start moving towards that goal - today!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Ready, Set, Goal!

I've been blogging about setting goals and sharing them for accountability and support.  So now it's time to "practice what I preach" and share my current goal with you.  Sure, it's scary to put something out there for everyone to see.  There's always a chance I could fail.  But, I know that if I share that goal, I'm more likely to succeed because I've made myself accountable to all of you. 

Goal:  Cascade Half-Marathon, Turner, OR  January 17, 2010

Training time: 10 weeks (starting Monday, Nov. 9)

Training committment: Run at least 3x/week with one long run per week (Training plan is printed out and on my desk. I used Runner's World Smart Coach*) 

Not only am I sharing this goal with you, I am also inviting you to set a goal for this race as well.  Besides the half-marathon (13.1 miles), there is a 10K (6.2 miles), and a 2 mile fun run at this event.  Pick the distance that you'd like to work towards and let's get The Fitness Studio running! 

Remember to be SMART about your goal setting.  Once you have a plan, share it!  Use The Fitness Studio community to support you as you work towards your goal.  *If you're new to running or have specific goals or limitations, I can set up an individual plan designed just for you - instead of the "cookie-cutter" option you will get online.

I'll keep you posted on my progress and I'll expect you to do the same. 

So, how about it?  Who's in?